Film / Eve of Destruction

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Gregory Hines is about to shoot some mechanical ass.

Eve of Destruction is a 1991 sci-fi action film.

EVE VIII, a prototype war model gynoid is damaged on a field exercise and proceeds to go rogue. EVE, who was modelled after her creator Dr. Eve Simmons(Renée Soutendijk), is armed with a thermonuclear device that will detonate if not properly disposed. The army calls in their best counter-terrorism export Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines) to stop EVE.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: EVE gets into the home of her creator Dr. Eve Simmons by impersonating her, then kidnaps her young son and nearly gets him run over by a subway train. The doctor's fear is palpable.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Justified Trope. EVE, a nuclear-armed combat gynoid, is damaged during a bank robbery gone wrong and goes on a rampage. She's not designed to be evil.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Dr. Eve Simmons' father was an abusive alcoholic who eventually killed her mother by pushing her into traffic. Because EVE is made in the doctor's likeness and implanted with her memories, she tracks "her" father down and kills him.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Counter-terrorist expert Jim McQuade is recruited by a scientist to hunt down a nuclear-armed android. At one point the scientist asks McQuade what his specialty is. Before telling his military credentials, McQuade snarks, "My specialty is a spinach lasagna in a tomato-basil sauce."
  • Bank Robbery: EVE and her handler are out on a field mission when they get caught in the middle of a bank robbery. The robbers kill EVE's handler and damage EVE herself, causing her to go into permanent combat mode.
  • Berserk Button: "Bitch" from a man, for EVE VIII, due to memories of Eve's father calling her and her mom that.
  • Binocular Shot: Used when the military is searching New York City for EVE VIII.
  • Bond One-Liner: After Dr. Simmons and McQuade finally disable EVE right before the nuke inside her goes off.
    McQuade: Guess you finally found the fucking off-switch on her.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Zig-zagged. EVE VIII steals some boxes of ammunition from an armory and is seen reloading her stolen Uzi a few times during the film (And she eventually tuns out during the climax), but every single gunfight has her blazing away with more bullets than a Mini-Uzi actually holds.
  • Brain Uploading: EVE VIII being implanted with Eve Simmons' memories.
  • Colonel Badass: Colonel Jim McQuade to a realistic degree. An army veteran, expert marksman and counter-terrorism expert, he's the guy the government calls in to take down a rogue killer android, but he does get pretty banged up over the course of the film.
  • Cool Guns: Colonel McQuade's long-slide LAR Grizzly pistol (with a Laser Sight that is as big as the gun itself). The pistol's long barrel comes in handy eventually (as mentioned on "Eye Scream" below).
  • Danger Room Cold Open: A group of commandos storm a compound to save a group of hostages, only to get themselves all killed by a hostage taker who disguised himself as one of the hostages. The man who played the part, their instructor Col. McQuade, reveals this to be a training scenario to prep his men for an ongoing real life hostage crisis, and his recruits abysmally failed the mission.
  • Destination Defenestration: The Bank Robbery is foiled by EVE VIII after she hurls a bank robber out a window.
  • Eye Scream: The titular rogue android can only be killed through the eye, as the rest of the head containing her main processor is armored. Hines' character thought only one shot was needed, but ultimately both eyes needed to be attacked. Out of ammo after he shoots out one eye, Dr. Simmons rams the barrel of his gun into the second eye.
  • Groin Attack: When EVE gets cold feet after propositiong a guy in a bar, she bites his dick off.
  • Just in Time: EVE VIII is stopped 9 seconds before her internal bomb goes off.
  • Lady in Red: Eve steals a red leather jacket from a clothing shop, which she later uses to seduce a bar patron.
  • Little Black Dress: EVE VIII was wearing one under her red leather jacket when she went to the bar.
  • Let Me Get This Straight: When Dr. Simmons realizes the pattern behind EVE's movements because her own memories were implanted in the gynoid, McQuade has to get it straight.
    Let me just get this straight—you're saying this device of yours acted out one of your teenage sex fantasies?
  • Moe Greene Special: McQuade shoots the titular rogue android in the eye to disable her, as the rest of her head is armored. Unlike what he thought, though, the shot doesn't stop her, so out of ammo he stabs her in the other eye with the barrel of his gun.
  • Race Against the Clock: After getting into a car crash, EVE's internal nuclear device is activated and set to go off within 24 hours. Col. Jim McQuade is pissed that his superiors didn't inform him of this before sending him out to catch her.
  • Redshirt Army: Pretty much every cop or special agent that gets on EVE VIII's way gets blown away by her with ease (and to McQuade's grief, the group that he personally trained at the beginning of the film fares no better).
  • Robo Cam: When we get shots of EVE VIII's point of view, there's framing of the screen with red corners, a flashing red dot on the right and left edge of the screen, and a beeping sound that increases in speed when EVE VIII gets angry.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: EVE III is somewhat of a tragic villain in that she's mostly just confused and kills people who she thinks have either wronged or upset her while believing that she's the real Dr. Eve Simmons. It's not even clear if the robot itself is aware that the nuclear device inside it has been triggered at all.

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